Ella and Harry have their own toy room, but it spills over into the rest of the house. They probably play with 10% of the toys and the rest just gather dust.
So Christmas last year was no different and we tried to ban all plastic toys. We thought we had a great idea - CHICKENS. Ella has spoken about having chickens and loves collecting eggs when we go over to a friends house - they would be a perfect present and would not add to the clutter in the house.
We ordered the pen and put it together on Christmas Eve and bought in the chickens after dark so she would not see them.
Christmas morning came, we took Ella down and she was excited for a minute or so and then asked if she could go back inside - not before naming one of them 'Trencher'
Luckily the name didn't stick, but she still isn't interested in them. Maybe once they start laying, she might become a little more interested, but at the moment they are just name for me to look after.
As they are part of the family, I thought I would introduce them as they all have names now. They are not the old fashioned names that I wanted, Ezmae, Beryl, Maude etc, but they have been named by Ella, and they seem to be sticking
|Buffy - the black chicken who is a Pekin|
|Cheryl the Gold/Black Chicken who is a Bantam|
These were named after my mother-in-law's ex-boss and his wife that came out from England over Christmas. We have tried to explain that Buffy is a girl, but the name still stays.
|Olly and Hannah|
Olly is the son of Buffy (ex-boss) and his girlfriend Hannah. Again we have reminded Ella that Olly is a boy, but these chickens are all girls.
So far we have not found any eggs - but believe me, we are all still looking.